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Encyclopedia of Hindu Gods


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Basic Description:  God of Saturn, responsible for misfortunes andcalamities.  One of the Nine Planets.

Alternate Names:  Sani

History/Practices:  The Hindu name for the day Saturday, Sanivara,is named after him.  The Sami is sacredto him.

Iconography:  In art Shanee is portrayed as a black man,dressed in black garments.  He is alsolame and uncouth.

Mythology:  Conjunction Myth:  During the reign of king Dasaratha Shanee’scourse would have brought about a conjunction so dangerous it would havedestroyed the earth.  Dasaratha was askedto force Shanee to change his course and after a terrible battle with Shanee,Dasaratha managed to do so.

Riding Animal:  Vulture

Other References on the Karma-to-Grace website:  


Moor, Edward.  The Hindu Pantheon.  Los Angeles: Philosophical research society, 1976.

Thomas, P.  Epics, Myths and Legends of India.  Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons & Co. Private Ltd, 1961.

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